Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)
March 12, 2007

Lots happening today! Over 70 F for the first time in 2007. This morning, I noticed a few antlion pits in the dirt by our front door. I’ve been using a paint brush to put moth bait (mashed bananas, brown sugar, honey, yeast, beer – all stirred together and fermented on the countertop for 2 days) on tree trunks in the yard for the past few days. Just after lunch, I wondered if there might be a Question Mark at the moth bait and went out back to check. Got a few nice shots, eventually seeing 2 individuals.

An assassin bug also found the bait useful, capturing a wasp at the bait station on one of the shagbark hickories.

We ate dinner on the deck and a froghopper hopped onto Jim's plate. Hazards of being married to an entomologist -- he was under strict instructions to not scare the insect off of his plate while he finished eating!

At 9 pm, I found a couple of moths, an ichneumonid wasp, and a few chironomids at the bait and deck light.

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